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Rivqa Rafael (audio pronunciation) writes short speculative fiction about queer women, Jewish women, cyborg futures, hope in dystopias, and any combination of these. Her short story “Whom My Soul Loves” (Strange Horizons) won a Ditmar Award for Best Short Story; many of her other short stories have been shortlisted for Woollahra Digital Literary, Ditmar, and Norma K. Hemming awards. In 2016, she won the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent.

As an editor, Rivqa has worked on academic journals and books, popular magazines, memoirs, and other publications, formerly in-house and currently freelance. She also edits fiction, including feminist robot anthology Mother of Invention (Twelfth Planet Press, 2018, co-edited with Tansy Rayner Roberts). Mother of Invention won a Ditmar Award for Best Collected Work and a Norma K. Hemming Award for Long Work (joint winners with City of Lies by Sam Hawke); was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award; and is on the 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List.

A strong advocate for writing communities, Rivqa has organised communal writing days and critique groups, and enjoys beta reading and mentorship relationships with other writers. She enjoys attending and presenting at writing festivals and conventions, and live tweeting such events. She has twice judged science fiction short stories for the Aurealis Awards.

In her writing and editing, Rivqa makes extensive use of her honours degree in microbiology and biotechnology and her master’s degree in professional writing. She also holds a graduate diploma in editing and publishing. Previous gigs include sub-editor and reviews editor for Cosmos magazine, assistant editor at the Medical Journal of Australia, and online zookeeper for musicians Tim Rogers and You Am I. Her full CV is available on LinkedIn.

Rivqa is active on Twitter and Goodreads. Please use the contact form to request a quote for an editing or writing project.


  • Australian Speculative Fiction Snapshot interview (June 2020)
  • Interview with Strange Horizons (May 2018)
  • Mini-interview about Ecopunk (September 2017)
  • Interview with Tansy Rayner Roberts for the Australian Speculative Fiction Snapshot (August 2016)
  • CSFG interview about The Never Never Land (June 2016)
  • Interview on Angela Slatter’s blog (February 2016)